Brain Awareness Week 2024 - The Good Care Group

Brain Awareness Week 2024

This week is Brain Awareness Week, and this year the area of focus is ‘The Changing Brain’. We’re therefore sharing some information about dementia from our Admiral (dementia) Nurse Dr Jane Pritchard to spread awareness.

Dementia affects an estimated 944,000 people in the UK, but many more close to the person are also touched by the condition. One in three of us will develop dementia in our lifetime. It couldn’t be more important therefore that there is good awareness of the condition, what can be done to prevent or delay it in some cases and where you can seek support. There are over 200 different types of dementia but Alzheimer’s disease is the most common, followed by Vascular dementia. You can find out more about types of dementia, symptoms, and support available from charity Dementia UK here. Dementia UK also provide a free helpline staffed by Admiral Nurses who can offer information and support: 0800 888 6678. 

Around 40% of cases of dementia are thought to be due to potentially modifiable risk factors. Stopping smoking is one of the most important things that someone can do to minimise their risk as smoking doubles the risk of dementia through cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, narrowing of the blood vessels in the heart and brain, and oxidative stress which damages the brain. Excessive alcohol use, a sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy diet and lack of social interaction are other major risk factors. Limiting alcohol intake, keeping physically active and eating healthily are therefore important steps that can be taken. 

Protecting the brain is also possible by keeping the mind active. At The Good Care Group our carers are able to help with social engagement, and forms of cognitive stimulation such as doing puzzles with the person and playing games. We can help the person reach out to their local community, have fresh home cooked meals, and provide opportunities to engage in physical exercise.

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Through these simple steps the risk of developing dementia can be reduced, and dementia progression can sometimes be slowed. Find out more about the work we do at The Good Care Group to support people living with dementia here.

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